MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The ninth annual Shamrock Auction Dinner Dance hosted by the St. Patrick’s School Parent Association was held Saturday, March 18, at Villa Barone in Mahopac. This year’s theme was “Masquerade.”

The Shamrock Auction event has raised more than $350,000 since its inception and all money raised directly benefits the students of St. Patrick School. In years past, money raised has helped purchase a sound system for the gym, refurbish floors and purchase gym mats, promoted activities, school trips and supplemented educational programs. Last year, the auction raised money for the purchase of an iPad cart with 20 iPads for the lower grades to use with blended learning and technology education programs.

Every year at the event, the School Parent Association recognizes people who have dedicated time and resources to the school. Being honored this year are Mahopac resident Laura Torrisi, along with Bob and Patty Girolamo.

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Torrisi has been a teacher at St. Patrick’s School for more than 20 years and is currently the fifth grade homeroom teacher and a sixth grade math teacher. She started as a substitute teacher in 1994 and was quickly hired as the second grade teacher. Torrisi grew under the mentorship of Sr. Teresa and Sr. Barbara and still has pictures of these two women in her classroom today. While she has taught for many years, one of Torrisi’s hallmark legacies was preparing her students for their sacraments of First Penance and Holy Communion.

In 2009, she was promoted to fifth grade, which allowed her the opportunity to prepare students for middle school. During her 22 years, she has had a tremendous impact on hundreds of children and families.

Bob and Patty Girolamo are parents of a large family at St. Patrick’s School. Bob started his time at St. Patrick’s in first grade and graduated in the class of 1970. As one of six children, he and all his siblings attended St. Patrick’s School, beginning when his oldest brother started first grade in 1959.

Bob Girolamo is an owner of the Girolamo Agency in Yorktown and Patty works for Westcop Therapeutic Nursery School.

This year, the School Parent Association raised money for a new science lab. The “Wish Upon a Shamrock” Science Lab initiative is the school’s goal to add more resources and technology to the science program.